Vazhakku Enn 18/9 Movie Review
Cast: Sri, Urmila Mahantha, Manisha Yadav, Mithun Murali, Kumaravel
Written and directed by: Balaji Sakthivel
Production: N. Subhash Chandra Bose, Ronnie Screwvala
Cinematography: Vijay Milton
To say that Balaji Sakthivel is a promising director is an understatement. He has given us some memorable experiences on screen with his hard hitting movies like Kadhal and Kalloori. The man with a mission is back with yet another realistic and uncompromising movie.
This time Balaji takes up a case. It is about a girl affected by a crime and a boy who is suspected to be the culprit. Balaji presents the story with two interrogations that narrate two different love stories and an astonishing climax.
‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9‘ is all about how modern day youth behave in terms of love and relationships. It also talks about the innocent love. The crime element and the way it has been dealt with have added strength to the movie.
Velu (Sri), belongs to a poor family in a small village, comes to Chennai in search seeking a livelihood. He gets one in a roadside food shop. He comes across Jothi (Urmila Mahantha), who works as a maid servant in nearby apartments. He genuinely falls in love with her but the girl doesn’t care about him.
Jothi works in Aarthy’s (Manisha Yadav) house. Aarthy is a plus two student. Dinesh (Mithun Murali), son of a rich woman is a spoilt brat. He resides in the same apartment.
Dinesh tries to woo Aarthy just for the heck of it. Aarthy falls for his tricks and becomes a victim of his dangerous game involving MMS clips. She realizes his real intentions just when she is about to tell him her love. Aarthy gets angry when she sees her awkward pictures in his mobile.
Dinesh goes to the extent of trying to hurt Aarthy but Jothi comes in between. She is badly hurt in the attack and Velu is arrested for the attack, as he was seen chasing Jothi earlier. Inspector Muthuraman (Kumaravel) investigates the crime. He interrogates Velu who narrates his story and love for Jothi. Aarthi comes forward to give a statement about Dinesh. The inspector understands who the real culprit is.
Twist comes to the fore just when you feel that the justice would prevail. The ensuing scenes narrate how the corrupt system victimizes the poor. The climax shows how justice finally prevails.
‘Vazhakku Enn…’ has a lot of relevance to what’s happening around us today. It draws our attention towards obscene MMS scandals that tend to ruin lives of youngsters these days.
Balaji Sakthivel doesn’t need big stars to make his films popular. He believes in his story and realistic presentation. Vazhakku Enn proves to be another example for this. He has given us a hard hitting movie with new faces enacting main roles.
Balaji has shown two different love stories with aplomb. He is very accurate in details. The way he presents the roadside food shop is amazing. The MMS clips episode shocks the viewers. Balaji has drawn the attention of the parents towards a very serious problem in this era.
However, the two kinds of love (by poor and rich) seem to be clichéd. Everything happens on predictable lines.
The climax is so powerful that it makes you forget the flaws whatsoever.
Cast and crew:
The new faces are the real strength of the movie. Sri gets into the skin of his character. He looks credible in the role and emotes well. The sequences in the jail stand out.
Urmila as a poor girl working in an apartment is quite impressive. She has very little dialogues but her facial expression speaks volumes. Her performance in the climax is one of the high points of the movie.
Mithun Murali as Dinesh is apt for the role. Kumaravel as the inspector is stunning.
Vijay Milton’s cinematography adds value to the movie.
Prasanna’s background score lends solid support to the scenes. The songs too sound good.
Strong storyline, powerful narrative, and good performances.
Clichéd love stories.
Balaji Sakthivel’s moive has come out as a hard hitting movie that draws our attention to an important issue of today.
Vazakku Enn: Unforgettable case